The least dangerous branch
Random political and legal musings of a decidedly leftist bent, interspersed with neat underwater pictures (because somebody has to do Friday fishblogging)
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Dubya's patented Disaster Relief™
According to CNN, the Deciderator-in-Chief will go to Minneapolis to...:
visit the disaster site Saturday....... to make a thirty second speech/photo-op about the tragedy -- hopefully with some "victims" in the background (or better yet, some real-life "heroes") -- and then launch a ten minute diatribe at the Democrats for being such "obstructionists" that they won't vote any bills out of Congress, and telling them to pass out whatever the Republicans will let them take a vote on (which is to say, only what the preznit wants) immediately.
All the networks will carry this as a "public service".
If they follow true to form, any Democrats seen on TeeVee will insist they're tough on terror too and no, they do not love bin Laden.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
More on the Guantánamo force-feedings
More from the CNN article:
As of Tuesday, 20 of 23 fasting detainees at Guantanamo were being fed liquid meals through flexible tubes inserted through their noses and throats, said Guantanamo spokesman Navy Cmdr. Rick Haupt. The strikers are protesting conditions at the camp and their open-ended confinement.
A mass hunger strike began at Guantanamo in August 2005 and reached a peak of 131 detainees. Last year, the military started strapping detainees in restraint chairs during tube feedings to prevent the prisoners from resisting or making themselves vomit.
The restraint chairs constitute excessive force and coercion, Crosby said.
Speaking of wanting to vomit.....Update:
Thanks to Digby and to Robert Cook, there is this article to compare and contrast.